Dr. Ron Hira is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology where he specializes in policy issues on technological innovation, offshoring, high-skill immigration, and the American engineering workforce. Ron is also a Research Associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.
Hira is co-author of the book, Outsourcing America (AMACOM 2005; 2nd edition 2008), which was a finalist for best business book in the PMA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards. The Boston Globe called Outsourcing America an "honest, disturbing look at outsourcing." The Washington Post described the book as a “thorough and easy to grasp primer on the wrenching outsourcing debate." Ron is an expert on offshoring, testifying before the U.S. Congress twice on its implications. Ron is frequently quoted and interviewed in many major media outlets.
In 2007, Ron served as a consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science & Technology helping to organize a series of hearings on the Globalization of Innovation and Research & Development. In 2010, Hira worked with NY State Assemblyman Joseph Morelle to organize